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Fifth Circuit Finds Standard Insurance Company Did Not Waive Right to Decide “Any Occupation” Disability Benefit Claim

Martinez v. Standard Ins. Co., No. 20-10475, 2021 WL 4592430 (5th Cir. Oct. 5, 2021) involves a claim for long-term disability benefits under an ERISA-governed benefit plan. Defendant Standard Insurance…

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Sixth Circuit Vacates Withdrawal Liability Award for Redetermination of Interest Rate and Assessment of Partial-Withdrawal Liability

Sofco Erectors, Inc. v. Trustees of Ohio Operating Engineers Pension Fund, No. 20-3639, __F.4th__, 2021 WL 4434226 (6th Cir. Sept. 28, 2021) is a dispute involving the payment of withdrawal liability…

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Fifth Circuit Finds Blue Cross Did Not Abuse Its Discretion in Denying Continued Inpatient Treatment for Minor Following Fifth Suicide Attempt

In Michael P. v. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas, No. 20-30361, __F.App’x__, 2021 WL 4314316 (5th Cir. Sept. 22, 2021), Defendants-Appellants Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas…

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First Circuit Upholds Unum’s Application of Long-Term Disability Policy’s Self-Reported Symptoms Limitation

In Ovist v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of Am., No. 20-1464, __F.4th__, 2021 WL 4304547 (1st Cir. Sept. 22, 2021), the First Circuit considered whether Unum Life Insurance Company of…

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Tenth Circuit: Hartford Fulfilled Its Obligation to Investigate the Existence of Beneficiaries in ERISA Life Insurance Dispute

In Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company v. Jones-Atchison, et al., No. 20-6135, __F.App’x__, 2021 WL 4258761 (10th Cir. Sept. 20, 2021), Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company brought an…

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Ninth Circuit Vacates Class Relief Against UnitedHealth for Alleged ERISA Claims-Processing Violations of Lactation Benefit Claims

In Condry v. UnitedHealth Grp., Inc., No. 20-16823, __F.App’x__, 2021 WL 4225536 (9th Cir. Sept. 16, 2021), a now partially settled class action dispute over the payment of out-of-network lactation…

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